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The bulk of the collection covers Erna Weills professional career as sculptor and art teacher. In addition there is some personal information about the time before her immigration to the USA in 1937

Erna Weill née Helft was born in 1904 in Frankfurt am Main. She studied sculpture with Helene von Beckerath, a student of August Rodin, at the University of Frankfurt. She married the chemist Ernst Weill, and the couple had two children: Peter Weill, born in 1926, followed two years later by Ruth Weill. The family fled Germany in 1936 for Switzerland, and immigrated to the United States in 1937. Erna Weill stayed in the New York City area, where she worked as a sculptor and art teacher. Next to busts of various famous people, her sculptures were connected to the American Civil Rights Movement and the world of Judaism. In addition to working as an art teacher in public schools, she also had her own art school where she applied progressive teaching methods. Erna Weill died in 1996

Photographs removed to Photograph Collection

A small collection of materials related to Erna Weill is available at the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC


Language German
Call number 000194162
Digitizing sponsor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Book contributor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Collection LeoBaeckInstitute; americana

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